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A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)

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A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)

Istanbul, as the capital of three great empires – the Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman – has a very diverse and rich history. As one of the most unique cities in the world, we are privileged to live or visit here and have much to discover.

But over the centuries, sometimes out of ignorance or lack of appreciation, sometimes in haste or to meet urgent needs, newer buildings have been built over older ones. Today, as we go back and investigate more, and in the course of recent construction projects, new discoveries are being made constantly, and long-lost traces of previous occupants of the city are being uncovered. History is being re-written.

This tour will surprise even long-time residents of Istanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city. In the company of Serif Yenen, you can experience the feeling of discovery and privilege of seeing many artefacts, which millions of people living here ‘above ground’ are unfamiliar with.

The program will include visits to several cisterns, churches, palace ruins, some sub-structures, storage rooms and vaulted rooms. Some of the places visited will be the places, which are normally not open to the public.

Come join us to discover what lies beneath Istanbul.

Program summary (Selections from the program):

  • The tour will start from Sultanahmet and end in Laleli – details to be provided to registrants later.
  • Orientation to the Byzantine and Ottoman centre from a terrace
  • Ruins of the Byzantine Great Palace
  • Panagia Hodegetria Church and Sacred Water
  • Nakkas Cistern
  • Hippodrome
  • Lunch at a restaurant (lokanta) with good local food
  • Antik Hotel
  • Myrelaion Church (Bodrum Camii) and Rotunda

A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)

  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Discover what lies beneath Istanbul.
  • Go beyond the regular and become true travelers.
  • Visit off the beaten path and discover unknown places in the Old City
  • This tour will surprise even long-time residents of Istanbul with many unknown and unexpected ruins beneath the city.
  • Learn about all these places from Serif Yenen. Serif is the author of one of the best cultural guidebooks of Turkey; “Turkish Odyssey”, and he wrote many other books and made films.
  • Lunch break will be at a very good casual local restaurant with traditional food
  • Catch picturesque instants with your camera.

A Unique Walking Tour with Serif Yenen: Underground Istanbul (What Lies Beneath)

Meeting Point and Time?

  • Depending on the location of your hotel, we may pick you up from your hotel by public transport or we may meet you at a certain point in the Old City.
  • We can start this tour anytime you like.
  • This tour is available everyday.

Duration of the Tour?

  • It will take about 6-7 hours.

Price and Payment:

  • The price is $125.00 USD per person.
  • Children up to the age of 3 are free.
  • The children between 4 and 11 will pay $75.00 USD only.
  • For the confirmation of the tour, we will kindly ask you to make payment.

What is Included?

  • Professional tour guide services by Serif Yenen.
  • Some complimentary copies of Serif’s publications.
  • Tea/coffee breaks.
  • Entrance fees and costs to the places to be visited.

What is not Included?

  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuity to the guide (optional)

Capacity

  • Minimum 2, maximum 6 guests.

Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy

This tour is operated by A-group Travel Agency “Serif Yenen Travel” licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism (Licence number: 8860)